Living life to the fullest

“It's really just going with all the things that say: ‘Live life to the fullest', and everybody says it – but not many people actually do it,” says Sophie Stokes. Her family is about to. Sophie and partner Carl Dickens... Read More

Five million Kiwis by 2020

There's likely to be five million people crowding New Zealand By 2020 and  possibly even sooner, according to Statistic NZ's latest population projections. In the year to June 2016 the population grew at its fastest rate since the early... Read More

Simon at global energy summit

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges leaves for Singapore today to attend International Energy Week. The global event brings together 28,000 representatives of the energy industry, Governments and non-government organisations from across the Asia-Pacific... Read More

Fresh fish for the dinner table

Labour weekend provides holidaymakers with a great opportunity to get out and try catching a trout or salmon for the family dinner table. Fish numbers are good in many parts of the country and are feeding voraciously as they regain condition after a... Read More

Marine Mate boosted

The popular Marine Mate app has received a $23,000 funding boost from Maritime New Zealand. The mobile phone app was developed by the Waikato Regional Council and has had 35,000 downloads since it was launched in 2014. The $23k grant, which is paid for... Read More

Oily debris found in Port of Tauranga

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Maritime and Pollution Prevention teams have removed 80kg of clumpy oiled flotsam/jetsam and sea grass from the Port of Tauranga. A regional council spokesperson says their teams responded immediately after POT... Read More

‘Band-aid solutions’ for dirty water

A small number of water suppliers are dealing with contaminated water problems through band-aid solutions, according to the authors of a study on failing drinking water standards. The report, Failing the Drinking-Water Standards – Insights from... Read More

New Māui dolphin estimate encouraging

A new estimate of Māui dolphin numbers is encouraging for the future of the species, say Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. The preliminary results of a comprehensive scientific survey carried out over the... Read More

Kaimai track to be closed for six weeks

The Department of Conservation has begun its programme of upgrading tracks in the Kaimai Range to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. Tuahu East Track is one of 200 tracks in the region that's been identified for upgrade and will be... Read More

Love is a nest on Mount beach

It's a love story and it's unfolding very publicly on the main beach at Mount Maunganui. A couple of devoted oystercatchers, because oystercatchers are very monogamist, have returned to the beach and are scouting for the perfect nesting site. There's... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

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